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Putnam and Cumberland County area Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army offers everything from financial aid to basic needs. Families across the region, including from Cumberland, Fentress, and Putnam County Tennessee, can help the poor, unemployed, and low income. Many seniors and families with children also receive assistance.

Employment assistance and job skills training are offered for residents free-of-charge. The Salvation Army, working with local partners, can help low-income and homeless participants. They will have the  opportunity to gain practical life and job skills. Case managers and specialists offer qualified clients information on a variety of workshops and career opportunities.

The basic need of housing is always an issue. The non-profit works to meet this need for shelter while making available other emergency assistance and social services. Some people in the Cumberland County region may qualify for emergency rental assistance. Other professionals and Corp Centers focus on homelessness prevention and continued care. This can include help in applying for the federal government low income housing program (section 8) or finding an affordable home. Any housing programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

From its pantries and soup kitchens, the Salvation Army has made great strides to feed the struggling and hungry among the Overton and Cumberland region. In addition to the food banks and pantries, people who use the Salvation Army shelters are served a free breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Emergency disaster assistance is provided by the Salvation Army, often in cooperation with groups such as the American Red Cross. The non-profit provides relief and support for regional disasters such as a tornado, fire, or flood. They may offer use of a mobile kitchen, volunteers provide for the distribution of water, clothing, food, cleaning supplies, and more. They also provide for emergency short term housing and counseling for victims as well as first responders.

Some of the other emergency services offered in the event of a disaster include Food, Clean-Up and Reconstruction, Donations Management, Disaster Case Management, and Petty Cash/Financial Aid.




The Salvation Army can help provide energy bill assistance to those who are most at risk and who are soon to have their utilities cut off. Priority is for the elderly and families with young children. You need to make an appointment at a center in Fentress or Cumberland County. Be sure to bring all documents, including Photo ID, utility bills from the previous six months, a Social Security Card for all household members, and proof of all household income. The application process needs to be followed and funding is very limited.

Grocery assistance is offered to dozens of low-income and unemployed families from the food pantry. Other feeding programs include snacks for students, summer meals, and food for seniors. A significant amount of assistance is available to the handicapped, elderly, single parents and mothers of young children. This is usually an option provided the applicant is not receiving other forms of grocery assistance.

Senior programs include nutritious meals, information on government aid, recreational activities and more. They are available at Senior Dining & Social Centers, churches, and other charities. Also, during the hot Tennessee summer months, the Salvation Army may have ideas on how to stay cool, including free fans and shelter and/or cooling centers. While most of the resources, such as meals, are free for seniors, a small donation is always appreciated in order to keep these programs running.

Clothing vouchers may be passed out to those in need. In general, they are for victims of a disaster or some type of crisis. The Salvation Army vouchers are redeemable at any Thrift Store in the Cumberland County Tennessee region. Assistance is very limited.




There are a few main Salvation Army location in the region, as follows.

  • Address of the center is: 475 Industrial Ln, Oneida, TN 37841, Phone (423) 569-5938
  • 2514 Tennessee 101 Scenic  Crossville, Tennessee 38572, telephone (931) 788-3414
  • Address: Cookeville, TN 38501, Dial (931) 520-1654 for information.


By Jon McNamara

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